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Yesterday 07:32 PM
shaggyjim I love girls who love Marine boys....
Yesterday 07:26 PM
shaggyjim
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I saw the ocean once.

Shaggy, I know it isn't a Texas Star, but it'll hold me over until then.
I ran out of white paint.

store my pictures online
Mmmmmm.... I love the sound of gongs in the morning.

I need to fix mine. My father-in-law killed mine with his 9mm...
Yesterday 04:22 PM
fishadventure My friend has a tackle shop and gun store.
The toilet paper hoarders basically sold him clean a couple weeks back.
So he said he decided to be closed for now since he doesn’t have what everybody was wanting anymore anyways.
Yesterday 03:36 PM
NHfireLJ
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03-30-2020 04:23 PM
Awesome I saw the ocean once.

Shaggy, I know it isn't a Texas Star, but it'll hold me over until then.
I ran out of white paint.

store my pictures online
03-30-2020 04:17 PM
mark1305
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While on a 900 foot OBO (oil, bulk, ore) ship, We hit a large wave doing a winter north atlantic crossing (some of the worst weather ever... ended up w a 47* roll. Luckily we were empty. Most ships don't come back from 47*... Cargo shifts and holds ship in that position or tips it over.

I was the navigator and set a course from Rotterdam south to Azores and across to Bermuda up to Norfolk... Longer than running straight across but safe... Spanish Captain (US company w foreign flag ship) said, No he wanted straight across. Took us two days longer going his way because of the weather...
Sea stories: My first permanent ship assignment after two years as a BM2 running boats at the world's busiest SAR station (Base Miami Beach) and then as a junior officer on Cutter Courageous saw some interesting conditions. Over in New Providence Channel in the Bahamas nice calm sunny day with five waterspouts from one shelf cloud. I have a great picture, but not on the computer and can't upload right now, of the Courageous slamming the bow into a big wave during a hurricane evasion. Water shooting up through the anchor hawse pipes and everything else over the bow.

Back then all sea stories between Coasties started with "Now this ain't no ****".
03-30-2020 03:06 PM
NHfireLJ T SHIRTS.... I have the following f12 grey t shirts available $10 each for shipping cost...

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03-30-2020 03:05 PM
NHfireLJ While on a 900 foot OBO (oil, bulk, ore) ship, We hit a large wave doing a winter north atlantic crossing (some of the worst weather ever... ended up w a 47* roll. Luckily we were empty. Most ships don't come back from 47*... Cargo shifts and holds ship in that position or tips it over.

I was the navigator and set a course from Rotterdam south to Azores and across to Bermuda up to Norfolk... Longer than running straight across but safe... Spanish Captain (US company w foreign flag ship) said, No he wanted straight across. Took us two days longer going his way because of the weather...
03-29-2020 08:22 AM
Joe Dillard Nice, ahh, I mean bad story there @Chrisnvegas . That's some serious weather to deal with on a craft like yours. Glad to hear you and your family made it back without being involved in a mishap/collision/or worse.

I don't call myself a sailor either, even though I spent 26+ years aboard US Navy warships (mostly cruisers and destroyers + ~7 aircraft carriers and a submarine here & there). Besides my regular sea rotations, I worked as a trainer for 12 years averaging 26-36 warships a year worldwide wherever the Navy wanted to send me to train & certify the crews. I "retired" ~16 years ago. I still go aboard US warships & submarines today albeit in a different capacity.

I have just a few sea stories myself but don't wanna litter up the thread too much.
03-29-2020 03:59 AM
Chrisnvegas Yep. A lot of people jump off Hoover Dam too. It's similar to the Bay Bridge, or The Golden Gate, whichever. It's really not reported on to keep people from getting the idea in the first place.

It's not really a regular lake that gradually gets deeper, it's a flooded canyon that goes from 5' deep to 300' deep in one step in many places.
Afternoons in July and August, forecasts MUST be carefully watched. It's also surrounded by mountains. There can be a nasty storm, right over there, but you can't see it until it clears the mountain. A marine radio on, at all times is a must on scan. The NPS puts out monsoon storm warnings when they are imminent.

My Storm Story...

It was 4th of July, just before dark. I have a favorite cove to stay overnight. Boat is comfy with on board Mermaid ducted cabin A/C, a rear queen bedroom and the VEE in front is a big bed, also has a nice bathroom. (I'm not a real sailor, so I don't use terminology)
The cove makes two turns so it's isolated from the lake waves.
Kids were in bed, Joanne and me were on the rear deck having a few cocktails, watching the fireworks all over the lake. I saw some lightning way, way off in Arizona somewhere. So far away, no thunder could be heard. But, there was a LOT of lightning. Eventually we went to bed. The motion of the boat woke me up. Than never happens. I went up the stairs, opened the door and went outside, holy sh** we were in a monsoon! Too dark to see except when lightning struck. I fired up the engine and turned on the remote front searchlight. The waves were huge (for a lake) and driving rain, 55 mph winds (I later found out) I pulled up the anchor with the windlass and pointed the boat into the waves. The marine radio was constant "mayday" from all the houseboats adrift and uncontrollable.
The anchor came loose and we somehow drifted out of the cove and into the middle of the lake without hitting the rocky shore. Joanne eventually woke up and came out. She asked me why I was cruising in the storm in the middle up the night. She never fails to ask "those" kinds of questions. Maybe it's the blond hair?
I found a marina on the other side of the lake, it was full, but the NPS let me tie up to the dock behind the breakwater.
The storm was still quite intense. Even that 9000 lb boat was a handful in those waves.
I has a couple more drinks and back to sleep.

The next morning we left the marina. We were supposed to stay another night but the forecast was calling for more of the same. It was around noon but already dark clouds were forming. We saw swamped ski boats adrift, wave runners bobbing around with no people. Houseboats being towed in, lots of chatter on the marine radio about damaged rental houseboats run aground on rocks.
I headed for the launch and packed it up. As others were just launching, we headed for home.
I make sure I pay attention to forecasts now.
My boat is the smallest boat I feel comfortable with on Lake Mead and Lake Powell. The storms can get very intense and because of the size of the lakes, depending of which direction the wind is blowing, the the churning water can get scary at times.

If anyone wants to do a Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Lake Mojave, let me know. The lakes have a good variety of fish and they are underfished, not overfished.
Lake Mojave is a favorite trip. It runs from the base of Hoover Dam to the dam at Lake Havasu.
03-28-2020 10:02 PM
Joe Dillard
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Anybody else getting ready for boating season?
You betcha - I started checking all the features of my bass boat a couple weeks ago. It's about 95% ready to go. I still need to do a thorough trailer inspection too.
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Why is it the most deadly? Does the name make alcoholics get all excited and they drown themselves?
It has ~7M visitor a year. Lots of drownings, motor vehicle crashes and falls, a few murders too.

With so many crazies from ghetto areas of LA/SoCal and the foolish riff-raff druggies, its a formula for accidental deaths.
03-28-2020 09:51 PM
fishadventure
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WTF?
Nasty No boating. Lake Mead is closed till further notice. Did you know, Lake Mead is the most deadly National Park?
Why is it the most deadly? Does the name make alcoholics get all excited and they drown themselves?
Probably too many zombies use to visit before they started collecting toilet paper and hand sanitizer
03-28-2020 09:18 PM
Awesome
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WTF?
Nasty

No boating. Lake Mead is closed till further notice.
Did you know, Lake Mead is the most deadly National Park?
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Why is it the most deadly? Does the name make alcoholics get all excited and they drown themselves?
03-28-2020 02:35 PM
Joe Dillard
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We had what I think was a 25ton from Tractor Supply. It worked really well. I was able to split very large digger pine rounds, and it'd even do aged oak. Cycle time was decent.
I stopped by my local Tractor Supply and Lowes today to compare in person.

TS had 3 27T's that looked pretty good for ~$1500, a coupe 20's and a 40
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Do you have a tractor Joe? Growing up we had one that ran off of the hydraulics of a John Deere 450 dozer and would split anything. One section of I-beam, one cylinder, one valve, two hoses, and one cut piece of 1 inch plate to split it against.

EDIT: I was thinking if you had a tractor you might pickup a used unit with a bad engine cheap and just plum it to your tractor.
Naw, no tractor, but my neighbor has one and has come over a few times to help with jobs a tractor can be handy at.
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@Joe Dillard .

I have the 3pt hitch mount for my tractor... but been very happy with the powerhorse...

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...4087_200674087
I saw the Powerhouse today. Nice unit!
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Since you will have this pretty much the rest of your life, get the best you can.
Bigger engine means less wear when going through knots or funky twists in the grain.

I'd go to a local farm store. If they don't have exactly what you want, they will be happy to order it. Usually you won't pay shipping. If you have a problem, they will be right there without the inconvenience of packing up and shipping back.

Use ethanol-free fuel in it. Ethanol is so bad for engines, especially small engines. The local Kawasaki shop LOVES ethanol. They literally make more from fuel repairs than the sales of new machines.

Change the oil every 20 hours using oil with zinc.
The thing will outlast you!
Good pointers from everybody. Thanks!

The local Lowes had a 37T that was brought back due to a leak. Looked brand new, but still needs to be fixed.

The manager said he'd sell it to me as-is for $900. Retail was ~$1,500 IIRC. They only had one online review for it & it was bad (seized motor). So I'm leery to jump on it. I told him I'd be interested after its fixed.

I'm still looking around. Thanks for the feedback guys.
03-28-2020 08:56 AM
fishadventure
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@Boojo35
problems with Asian parts, consistency and metallurgy. (Japan, Korea excluded)
I found Synergy ball joints for 100 bucks a side. That's okay, now for ball joints, brakes, bearings, the whole thing. I'll have to do some hunting. I was hoping there was a particular brand we could count on.
I bought three tie rod ends and two ball joints for $55 total, mail order, and the strength of the ball joints (or lack of) has crossed my mind. The tie rod ends seemed fine but I don’t think I’ll buy cheap again.
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